Thursday 12 July 2018

Kithurst meadow's July butterflies

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis
I visited Kithurst meadow yesterday afternoon and enjoyed the spectacle of many flowers and grasses up to waist height. I saw 17 butterfly species: Brimstone, Brown Argus, Chalk Hill Blue (2), Comma, Gatekeeper, Green-veined White, Large White, Marbled White, Meadow Brown, Small White, Painted Lady, Peacock, Red Admiral, Ringlet, Silver-washed Fritillary, Small Heath, Small Skipper. Moths: Common Plume (Emmelina monodactyla), Silver Y, Six-spot Burnet. At one point 12 Whites were tumbling in the air together, including a Marbled White. Silver-washed Fritillaries flashed by and included a mating pair.
14-spot Ladybird, Propylea 14-punctata

Brown Argus, Aricia agestis

Chalk Hill Blue, Polyommatus coridon

Comma, Polygonia c-album

Common Plume, Emmelina monodactyla

unidentified larva on a bramble leaf

tumbling Whites

False Oil Beetle, Oedemera nobilis

Gatekeeper, Pyronia tithonus

Green-veined White, Pieris napi

Large White, Pieris brassicae

Nettle-leaved Bellflower, Campanula trachelium

Painted Lady, Vanessa cardui

Painted Lady

Peacock, Inachis io


Red Admiral, Vanessa atalanta

Red Soldier beetles mating, Rhagonycha fulva

Silver Y, Autographa gamma

Six-spot Burnet, Zygaena filipendulae

Small Heath, Coenonympha pamphilus

Small Skipper, Thymelicus sylvestris

Small White, Pieris rapae

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